Note From The Executive Director
We are currently living in a time of provoked fear, the time of the Fear Campaign.
Living with the fear of driving while black or just being a black child period.
Living with the fear of deportation and separation from our families.
Living with the fear of being raped and living with that trauma all of our life while our attacker gets off with a three-month sentence because sending him to jail would have a “severe impact on his life.”
We are living in a time when the presidential campaign feeds off people’s fear that excites violence.
We are living in a time of mass shootings in places where people go to fellowship, stand in solidarity, and enjoy each other’s company;  places of worship, educational facilities, transportation hubs, public events. . .
There are those who want us to freeze in fear.
I say F**K the Fear Campaign!!!
It’s not that we shouldn’t be alert and careful and protect our families, our land, and ourselves from harm.
Instead let’s stand together, let’s work together to change the individual mindsets, the radical ideologies, and the systems, the laws and the media that keep trying to freeze us with fear.
Let’s stand together and not be shut down or turned around away from our Journey toward Justice!
Will you sing with me?

As always thanks for reading, thanks for sharing, and thanks for being a part of a community of readers who celebrate Change, not Charity in Central Appalachia! 
Peace, love, and justice,
Executive Director​
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The Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth-Friendly Living
July 7-10, 2016
The Sixth Annual Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth-Friendly Living will take place Thursday-Sunday July 7-10 near the Red River Gorge in eastern Kentucky.  Discounted tickets are now on sale at www.whippoorwillfest.com
Approximately 500 people are expected to attend this year's festival, which will feature over 75 earth-friendly workshops that seek to preserve and honor old-time and Appalachian living traditions.  This is a family-friendly festival and alcohol use is discouraged. 
The new location for the 2016 festival is Lago Linda Hideaways, near Beattyville Kentucky, close to the internationally-famous hiking and rock-climbing mecca, Kentucky's Red River Gorge.  Lago Linda features a beautiful swimming lake, a campground with some indoor spaces, and plenty of room for wooded tent camping.  RV sites and beautiful lakeside rental cabins are available at an additional cost.
Featured evening music at the Whippoorwill Festival includes the Restless Leg String Band, The Local Honeys, The Coteries, Laura Thurston and mountain ballads with Saro.  There may also be a contra dance.  Evening fires, crafts, food vendors, breakfast and dinner are provided.
This year's festival is headed by a new organizing crew after festival founder Dave Cooper turned ownership of the event to the community in 2015, so there are lots of new ideas for this year, and lots of enthusiastic energy.
For more information about the 2016 Whippoorwill Festival
2016 STAY Summer Institute : Call for Workshop Proposals
Submission Deadline: Monday, June 27th 2016
The 5th Annual STAY Summer Institute will be held July 22nd- 25th 2016 at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC.

The STAY Summer Institute will focus on fellowship and training of young people in Appalachia as leaders, learners, and community members in our region. Sessions can include panel discussions, skill sharing, strategy sessions, informational presentations, collective liberation workshops, etc. STAY is also encouraging special sessions that share and exhibit creative expression, including but not limited to: music, creative writing, and folk art.

STAY especially encourage youth of color, queer youth, transgender and/or gender non-conforming youth, teenage youth, and women to share their talents and knowledge through leading a workshop!

Please fill out the following information and submit it by Monday, June 27th 2016.

If you have any questions or concerns email: stayproject@gmail.com or calling/leaving a message with our Coordinator Kendall by phone at (276) 620-9264. If anything on this form is confusing, don't hesitate to call Kendall and they will walk you through it and help you fill it out!
Complete form here
New Market, TN (Focus on Youth)
Over the next two years, Alternate ROOTS will be hosting a series of six ROOTS Weekends. Formerly called ROOTS Regional Gatherings, ROOTS Weekends are a condensed version of ROOTS Week. These three-day convenings bring artists, organizers, and cultural organizers together to build community and share work through workshops, dialogues, visual arts, and performances. The gatherings will be grounded in the work of ROOTS Partners In Action program, but it will not be the sole focus of the weekend. The intention of this project is to help artists gain a deeper analysis of the work going on within the region and to lift up the ways artists are working with local communities to develop creative solutions to long-standing issues. ROOTS Weekends will be documented so that the experience and learning can be shared far and wide, throughout ROOTS’ membership as well as the broader field. They are not only looking to attract ROOTS members to these gatherings, but also local artists, cultural organizers, and creatives, regional and national partners, peer organizations, and funders. So in putting this event together they will be inviting proposals for performances, workshops, visual arts exhibitions, local excursions, and more!
Read more here

Carpetbag Theatre's Youth Theatre Festival 2016
June 24, 2016,10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Carpetbag Youth Theatre Festival 2016 is a festival of young people performing for young people, with the hopes that they will be inspired to know that they can do it to. The festival will feature performances and classes from Knoxville's brightest youth artists. We will also have special performances from OrisiRisi African Folklore who will be in residence with Carpetbag. 

The event is free, and if you would like your youth group to attend, please call and reserve your space by calling 865-544-0447.
Get more details here
“EXTREME Appalachia!”
Preliminary Call for Participation 2017 Appalachian Studies Association Conference!
March 9-12, 2017, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. “Extreme Appalachia” is the theme for the 40th annual Appalachian Studies Conference. “Extreme” is the impassioned commitments people have to the region, the land, and Appalachian communities, ways of life, and livelihoods. "Extreme" is the ways extreme economics—excessive resource extraction and use, under funding of public education and services, and dismal job opportunities—have sparked community resilience and activism that advance a sustainable future for the region. “Extreme Appalachia” also references exploitative pop culture products like reality television programming—as well as the countering power of the region’s visual, performance, and literary arts to nurture, provoke, and inspire. In the face of extremity, regionalist scholarship continues to augment ongoing struggles for racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.

The 2017 Program Committee invites proposals for panels, papers, posters, round tables, performances, workshops, or organizing sessions. Papers and posters should feature original unpublished work in progress. The full call for participation with details for online submission will go out August 15. Scholarships are available. Deadline for proposals is October 1, 2016, with the preliminary program announced in December 2016.
For further information click here
Register here
West Virginia
Young West Virginia: A Power Building Conference 
Got spark? West Virginia wants you.
Are you between the ages of 14-25 and would like to make West Virginia the coolest place for young people to live and work? Register TODAY to attend the Young WV Power Building Conference happening at Marshall University on August 27th and 28th. Help build a statewide movement of young people committed to making waves of change in West Virginia!

  • Youth-led breakouts on voter engagement, racial justice, mental health, LGBT     advocacy and more!
  • Young WV Policy Challenge
  • Professional networking hosted by Generation WV
  • Talent show!
  • Young leaders award

Like Young WV on Facebook to stay in the loop and follow us on Twitter at _YoungWV
Register here
Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Brushy Fork Institute
Associate Director
Brushy Fork Institute at Berea College is now accepting applications for the position of Associate Director. The Brushy For Institute facilitates leadership through skill-building and effective engage of individuals and organizations seeking to improve quality of life in central Appalachia. The Associate Director plays a key role in program planning, communications, and implementation of our community-based efforts. We are looking for a strategic thinker and doer who is passionate about rural development and has experience working with folks on the ground to get things done. If you have any questions about this position, they can be directed to Rodney Wolfenbarger, Director, Brushy Fork Institute at Berea College, wolfenbargerr@berea.edu 859.985.3859.
Interested in applying may learn more here
Director, All-In Cities Initiative
PolicyLink is seeking a dynamic leader to successfully implement the All-In Cities initiative, an effort to support cities in implementing new models of inclusive growth and development at a time when many American cities are experiencing an economic revival, but this rising economic tide is not translating into good jobs, living wages, and ownership opportunities for their low-income residents and communities of color. The initiative provides capacity-building and policy development and implementation support, data and policy tools, and strategic research to local governments and community organizations/coalitions as they develop and implement a range of solutions to increase racial economic inclusion and foster equitable growth in cities and metropolitan regions. This position is an excellent opportunity for a social entrepreneur who is passionate about cities and equity to build out an initiative that is just getting off the ground and eager to work in a creative, fast-moving, start-up environment.
See full job description here
Appalachian Voices
Virginia Campaign Coordinator
Appalachian Voices is seeking a talented and passionate professional with grassroots organizing and environmental policy experience to help lead and execute our work in Virginia from our Charlottesville office. Our Virginia program works to promote clean and renewable energy while also combating the social and ecological impacts of new investments in fossil fuels.

Appalachian Voices works diligently to build community level engagement in decisions that impact our energy future. Key priorities for this work include advancing new market opportunities for clean energy through the policy and regulatory arena as well as the private sector, fighting massive natural gas pipelines proposed to cut across the state, and blocking a rush to build new gas power plants.​

This position will report to the Campaign Director and will be based in our Charlottesville,
Responsibilities include:
  • Development and implementation of grassroots campaign plans
  • Management of VA Field Organizer, interns and volunteers
  • Planning, organizing and execution of public events including presentations, workshops, rallies
  • Producing action alerts, blogs and other online communications tools to mobilize our membership
  • Communication with decision makers, including state and federal legislators, regulators and utilities
  • Public communication and education on our issues, including media outreach, tabling and public speaking engagements
  • Assist in the coordination and facilitation of coalition calls and meetings
  • Collaboration with environmental justice groups to support communities suffering the most disproportionate impacts of our energy choices and increase awareness of environmental justice issues
  • Close coordination with, and outreach to, traditional and non-traditional partners including the renewable energy and energy efficiency business sectors
  • Working closely with the Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition, Virginia Conservation Network and other allies
For more information click here
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